No It’s not PRP; but it does come from our own bodies, just like the platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments (which are derived from our blood) that people swear by as a solution to hair loss issues. And just in case the idea of PRP conjures up images of blood being smeared all over your face and scalp, the truth is that the plasma that is derived from our blood is actually a clear, golden serum-like consistency.
Enter nanofat, a hair restoration injectable that is being touted as the latest and greatest in hair loss solutions. The procedure which is only required to be done once (unlike PRP which needs a minimum three sessions) involves the injection of nanofat, a derivative of our own adipose tissue (not from our blood like PRP). In scientific terms, “Nanofat includes adipose-derived stroll vascular fraction, which contains stem cells as well as growth factors.” The procedure involves extracting anywhere from 20-30 millimeters of fat, usually from the abdomen, then processing it though mechanical filters, before injecting it into the scalp of the patient. It is important to note that the nanofat doesn’t include fat at all, only stem cells and growth factors.
Experts have seen unparalleled results from nanofat restoration, but only in patients who have some hair still present on the scalp. Patients who are completely bald may not be ideal candidates for the procedure. Like PRP (aka the vampire facial) nanofat can help with rejuvenation of the face, neck and décolleté. It promises to improve sun damage, skin pigmentation, decrease wrinkles and of course grow hair. Although there is no downtime with the nanofat hair growth treatment, patients can expect swelling and a downtime of around 48 hours for the facial treatments.
For anyone that has suffered from hair loss, it is clear that there is a big difference between reducing hair loss and actually growing hair. Most supplements will only strengthen the hair that you already have, thus preventing it from falling for a period of time. The promise of regrowing hair, was for the longest time championed by the chemical minoxidil, which is found in hair loss treatments such as Rogaine. The introduction of PRP and now nanofat with the promise of not just strengthening hair but also growing hair is great news for sufferers.
Doctors have also recommended the usage of both injectables together. Starting off with the nanofat and then adding the PRP treatment which serves as a fertilizer to the initial treatment and the scalp. Although results have been good, there is no safety or efficacy data surrounding nanofat treatment as of press time.